The chosen charity for a BBD’s team’s 2015 charity fundraiser was the SOCIETY FOR ANIMALS IN DISTRESS (SAID). This organisation provides professional veterinary care for animals from indigent communities and is overseen by employed veterinarians, veterinary nurses and animal health technicians. They give treatments like de-worming, vaccinations, tick and flea control and they reinforce animal care education within communities where animals conditions are declining due to poverty.
Our team organised two events during 2015 to raise money. In April we raised R2, 800.00 with an Easter raffle. We charged R10.00 for a ticket to win a huge Easter bunny hamper. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Tommy Hawkins. In November we sold huge bowls of the most delicious Biryani for only R35.00. In total the BBD team raised R3, 500.00 which BBD kindly matched, thus bringing our total collection to R7, 000.00. All in all a good year for raising cash for SAID.
Being charitable will benefit you and the ones in need. It provides goods and services to people and animals who don’t have access to them and makes our communities a better places to live in.
Thank you to the team and all of you for your selfless dedication to our special furry friends who can’t do it for themselves, you make an amazing difference in their lives!
As part of our Social Economic Development initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide, we got involved with KTI in 2014 and sponsored 30 Students to enrol in this training. In 2015 we sponsored a further 40 students and covered the costs of their training for the full 6 months.
We are very pleased to see that 8 students from our 2014 contribution have already been employed and another 6 are currently furthering their studies. In our 2015 SED, 6 students have already been absorbed into the System Development Learnership with KTI, while the remainder are completing their course.
To find out more about this initiative, visit www.khuphulanani.co.za.
On Valentine’s Day, with winter rapidly approaching, love in the air and poverty being rife in many of the underprivileged communities, BBD decided to NekNominate all of our employees to join the Friends of Dewildt (FOD) Winter Woolies Campaign!
For every new blanket, beanie, scarf, pair of gloves or socks donated by everyone, BBD matched it with the equivalent donation. On Mother’s Day, the 11th of May, we went to the Garankua community where we handed out 1343 ITEMS and put smiles on hundreds of faces.
We would like to THANK EVERYBODY who contributed towards making it a warmer winter for so many!
How does one team manage to collect a total of R 10 420 in less than 2 months?
Inspiration – Johannes and Kyle (the guide dog), arriving at work together every morning.
Driver – informally she’s known as BBD Nedbank’s PR lady and driver extraordinaire (who does not want her identity revealed).
Team – kind-hearted people, who want to ‘pay it forward’.
It’s late October 2013 and across studio 3 and 4, where much is going down and stress levels are hardly bubbling under, PR lady one morning pipes up: ‘We need a charity!’ Then a BA demands, the PM listens and so, starts our collection effort for the South African Guide Dogs Association.
It costs a total of R 10 000 to school a puppy until it’s able to provide essential support to a visually impaired person, allowing them freedom of movement.
Every morning, during ‘Stand-Up’, we’re talking Agile / Scrum here, if a task is not completed, the culprit had to drop five bucks in one of three tins.
The team decides that the R10 000 target is doable! Bank details are communicated - the barometer reads - R 2 001, R 4 000, R 4 800, R 6 450 and by the 4th December 2013, the BBD Nedbank team has collected in excess of R 10 000!
The start to our ongoing charity initiative. A huge, huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause!
As part of the Mandela Day 67 minutes of goodwill, BBD and Nashua Mobile decided to lend a hand to Thuthukani Care Centre. The centre was established in 2003 and houses 110 children from ages 2 to 18 years and caters for 247 after care children. The organization aims to build a home for the orphans and needy children, to provide an outreach program, and alleviate poverty in the community. Their program includes every day homework supervision , counselling those in need, educating children through sports, art, life skills and creating and maintaining food gardens.
The home was very grateful for all the help they received and seeing the smiles on these children’s faces as they sang us a thank you song, made 67 minutes worth 67 days. We managed to raise R5,500.00 which we used to buy groceries for the children of Thuthukani Centre. Thank you to all of you assisting to build our community and assisting with 67 minutes.
Environmental Performance is the relationship between the organisation and the environment. It includes the environmental effects of resources consumed, the environmental impacts of the organisational process, the environmental implications of its products and services, and the recovery and processing of products. BBD achieves this by adopting the ‘3R’ policy.
BBD is vigorously communicating and promoting our Go Green recycling campaign by placing many posters and Recycling bins (with compartments for paper, glass, tin cans, plastic, globes, and batteries) all over the business. With the use of a waste control sheet and the biweekly feedback from the Office Maintenance Staff (OMS), we are able to measure the amount recycled each day per bag. When monitoring our wastes to be recycled, we are also able to quantify our improvements.
We continuously educate and train all the OMS to be friendly as they encourage, assist, inform and educate our employees on how and what to recycle. They ensure that everyone is REUSING what they can, rather than just throwing it away. For example, our chip packets are collected through the recycling process and table and floor mats are made from these.
BBD uses electronic modes of delivery such as email and secured PDF files, rather than delivering hard copy printed documents wherever possible. This is very effective in REDUCING the amount of paper used in the printing of documents and therefore reduce waste.
Reminders, including recycling facts and exciting informative newsbytes, are sent internally and across geographies to all employees to actively promote our recycling campaign, and we use ‘outside the box’ thinking to create sustainable results.
We have implemented fun competitions between employees based on their ability to effectively RECYCLE all materials, this is done to endorse the campaign and motivate BBD employees to get into the Go Green spirit. To improve the life cycle of BBD’s products we must improve the knowledge of the impact of resources used. BBD uses products with a long life cycle that generate the least amount of waste as opposed disposable short-term products that create much waste. Systematic forecasting and measuring BBD’s total recycled material (feedback from the OMS on waste control sheets) helps BBD determine the stages and lengths of their products’ life cycle. For instance, BBD only purchases energy-saving light bulbs that use 67% - 75 % less energy than incandescent ones and can last up to 10 times longer. The globes life-cycle is monitored as they are recycled into our globe bins and distributed to Pick ‘n Pay where they are correctly disposed of in order to prevent toxins being released.
By Angela Dallas
A small ad in the Cape newspapers read Donations to feed 180 kids, weekly if possible, please it said. The ad was placed by an organisation called Boost Africa Foundation who focus on helping impoverished communities in a number of charitable ways.
A staff member at BBD Cape Town kept the ad. Over a cup of coffee it was mentioned and very soon a handful of staff were figuring out ways to not just hand out money but help. And so …The Sandwich makers were born. Twice a week a number of BBD’ers get together to make either peanut butter or polony sandwiches for about 180 children. The faces making the sandwiches may change on a regular basis but our hearts are always in it, since we know that this is possibly the only meal the children will receive on that day.
In December last year, BBD also donated hot dogs for their Christmas party and did a small collection in the office which allowed us to provide extra cold drinks, chips and sweets.
The feedback and comments from Boost Africa made it more worthwhile: “Inside the event we had over 200 children and outside were all the children who could not attend. Because of those treats we were able to give them each a drink, a snack pack and cookies. So you see everything happens for a reason. I hated to leave them outside but at least we could give them something to make their day special thanks to BBD.”
“Thank you to all the Cape Town staff who regularly “get their hands dirty” and for putting a smile on a child’s face and sending them to bed with something in their tummies. Keep up the spirit and generosity and thank you BBD for the continued financial support.”